Compass Housing has a team of five participating in this year's Vinnies CEO Sleepout, to play its part in helping to end the cycle of homelessness for local people.
The Sleepout will be held in Newcastle on June 21, one of the longest and coldest nights of the year, at McDonald Jones Stadium.
This will be Compass Housing CEO Greg Budworth’s fourth sleepout. Mr Budworth says this year he had five staff members volunteer to sleep out with him.
He says he supports the CEO Sleepout because homelessness is such a significant and growing issue. More than 116,000 Australians experience homelessness on any given night.
“I hope by doing the Sleepout I provide some awareness to my staff and others in the community of the plight of homeless people and the disadvantage they experience,” Mr Budworth says.
“Even though we are only sleeping out for one night, it does give you some perspective of how unpleasant it is to be homeless,” he says.
More than 50 people are registered for this year’s Newcastle Sleepout and they have so far raised more than $50,000.
Mr Budworth encouraged people to donate what they can to help Vinnies to provide support to homeless people. $55 will feed a family for a day. $105 will provide emergency accommodation for a family in crisis. $505 will help pay rent for a family facing eviction.
The Compass team will join hundreds of other CEOs, business owners as well as community and government leaders to sleep outdoors at 11 locations around Australia to support Australians who are experiencing homelessness. Last year, the Vinnies CEO Sleepout raised $5.6 million nationally.
Compass’ CEO Sleepout team is Kirsten Adam, Debbie Bradfield, Greg Budworth, Michelle Faithfull and Mel Hope.
Donate to Greg and the Compass team here.
Supporting the CEO Sleepout is one of a number of things Mr Budworth and his team at Compass Housing are doing to eliminate homelessness in the region.
Aside from its day to day business of providing social and affordable housing to around 10,000 people in NSW and Queensland, Compass is a member of, and provides secretariat support to, the The Big Ideas Homelessness Network.
The Network is working with local organisations to sign the Newcastle and Hunter Pledge to end homelessness.
Compass also provides secretariat support to the Hunter Homeless Connect Day committee which runs a one day event in July to provide one stop shop services and support to local people who are experiencing homelessness, or are at risk of homelessness.